AROUND 500 people attended the first Calderdale Business Conference.
The huge networking event at the Shay was aimed at keeping business capital in Calderdale.
Forty businesses exhibited and there were seminars from award-winning female entrepreneurs and an advice clinic for visitors.
It was organised by Birstall-based Hillrich, which runs conferences and events for business communities. MD Danny Matharu said it was the first time such a large-scale event had been held in Calderdale.
“It’s about local businesses being encouraged to trade with each other and have more local capital swimming around the local economy,” he said.
An earlier conference held in Kirklees has been used as a blueprint for the Calderdale event and more are planned across the region under the Yorkshire Business Conferences banner.
Mr Matharu said year on year, the Shay conference would grow and help bring hundreds of local companies together.
Calderdale Council has been supportive of the event and one of the major sponsors was insurance company Wilby. Mike Shaw, of Wilby, said the company was keen to be involved in an event good for the local economy.
“Our roots are in Calderdale and if we get new business that is great,” he said.
“But the main reason for us is to support business in Calderdale.”